Make sure to mark the 15th of June on your calendar as it's World Gin Day and what better excuse to get a little tipsy than whilst expanding your cultural horizons at the same time. Gin Monkey, Emma Stokes, has taken the reigns of this gin-centric event which is celebrating its 5th birthday this year. The mother's ruin has come a long way since its Prohibition days of being made in a bathtub so don't miss out on this great chance to find out about some of the best varieties that we have on the market.

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Book yourself onto a Gin Journey with London Bar Consultants to learn about the history of gin before sampling gin cocktails at London's top bars and ending the tour with a visit to a working distillery. If you prefer your gin education a little more lazy, head to The Star at Night, home of the London Gin Club, to stretch your tastebuds with a tasting menu of gins from across the globe. Ginstock is also taking place at Merchants Yard where London's favourite bars will be paired with different gins to fight for your vote over who makes the best concoction.

All this gin love couldn't be fitted into just one day either. Gin tastings, competitions and parties will be occurring in the weeks surrounding 15th June so keep your ear to the ground. Whether you like your gin straight, in a G&T or Singapore Sling-style, devote 15th June to showing gin just how much you care by coming together with fellow gin lovers and bartenders to celebrate.